Commentary: On pandemic response, an A for the scientists, an F for governments

When looking back on the pandemic, many Americans will be unable to separate the travails of 2020 and 2021 from their memories of Donald Trump, the president who made the perverse decision to depict their decisions to wear masks as politically motivated criticism of him — and who openly encouraged an attempted coup on Wednesday to keep him in power. But for those who can put this aside in evaluating the U.S. response to the crisis, here’s what will jump out: What should have been the hardest challenge wasn’t at all. And what should have been the easiest challenge has been inexplicably, unaccep…

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